Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-blue Flycatcher (Bradornis comitatus)


French: Gobemouche ardoisé German: Waldrandschnäpper Spanish: Papamoscas pizarroso

Butalis comitatus


, 1857,

Muni River, West Africa = Gabon


Previously placed in Muscicapa; genetic evidence that supports reallocation could also be interpreted to support resurrecting Pedilorhynchus for present species alone#R. Birds from South Sudan and Uganda described as race stuhlmani, but indistinguishable from nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. c. aximensis (W. L. Sclater, 1924) – Sierra Leone, Liberia, SE Guinea, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, S Togo and S Nigeria.
  • B. c. camerunensis (Reichenow, 1892) – Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.
  • B. c. comitatus (Cassin, 1857) – S Cameroon and S Central African Republic E to extreme SW South Sudan (Aloma Plateau) and SW & C Uganda, S to Gabon, Congo, NW Angola (Cabinda, Cuanza Norte), SC & E DRCongo and Burundi.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 12–16 g. Male nominate race has crown, neck side and upperparts, including scapulars and lesser upperwing-coverts, plain dark slate-grey; lores black, narrow... read more


    Song a short and unobtrusive series of a few clear notes. Contact call a dry “prrrrt”;... read more


    Forest clearings, along forest roads and other open areas, forest edges, early regenerating forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, mostly beetles (Coleoptera), bees, wasps, winged ants and ichneumons (Hymenoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), flies (Diptera),... read more


    Laying in Jan, Mar and May–Jul in Ghana, Apr in Nigeria, Feb–Apr, Jun–Oct and Dec in Cameroon, Jan–Feb and Aug in... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and common to uncommon, sometimes rare. Only one record from Togo, at Fazao. Average density in NE Gabon 12·5 pairs/km². This species’... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Dusky-blue Flycatcher (Bradornis comitatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).